I didn't realize until after finishing this book, that in 1984 it was made into a tv mini series starring Ben Cross, in 2005 a musical, and in 2011 a radio drama for Britian's BBC. The author used her personal childhood experiences and parts of her grandfather's biography to create this memorable masterpiece. I'm now searching for another book to fill it's shoes, no luck yet. I might have to listen again.
It takes place during the British Raj (British domination) in India. Ash was born Ashton Pelham-Martyn to two British citizens living in India shortly before the Indian Rebellion of 1857. By the time he's a toddler, both are deceased and he's left alone with only his Hindu nanny, Sita, to care for him. She disguises him as Hindu to basically save his life. After Sita dies, he becomes Ashton once again and the story deepens as does his life. Sit back and get ready to go on this "page turning" adventure with this impulsive young man who wears his heart on his sleeve, upholds fairness and justice in all he encounters while he thumbs his nose at authority, periodically. His love for a princess from his childhood, Anjuli, eventually becomes his driving force. She's a lucky girl, and you'll see why..
The book is an education in British-Indian history interlaced with love, friendship, loyality,
race, religion, bigotry, racism, a look into Indian royality, and the caste system. Don't be overwhelmed by the many characters and their names. Don't be afraid to rewind. I really don't think you'll mind. The narrator was great, but I wasn't that swept with the female voices. It wasn't enough to detract from the book however. It is one I'll remember and recommend.
Another Connelly hit that this time exposes Harry in the "raw", showing not only his psychological wounds from childhood but how this pain has made him who he is.
I agree with other positive reviews and won't reiterate. I'll probably give it another listen. The narrator also makes Harry who he is, for me, never switch.
Mr. Connelly, please keep more Harry Bosch coming, I'll listen to all of them!
I have read and listened to numerous books on the Law of Attraction, this is by far the best. The narration made many relhashings a pleasure. Especially if you are a believer,and just not "feeling" it, can't quite institute the techniques, give this book a very serious listen. To all others, this book offers the best info on the subject.
I've always been lucky, so some (skeptics) may say that my hitting the 3 digit lottery four times in six weeks was me being lucky, not some strange law.. My luck has never worked that fast before.
I attribute my lottery winning total of $915.00 in the past six weeks to utilizing the author's techniques and advice.
Get the book, and make it your Law of Attraction handbook. And I AM going to hit the lottery again, very soon....
Initially the racially charged language turned me off. As the well developed characters and storyline pulled me in I saw the author's purpose. My headphones stayed glued.
There's a moral to this story. Great job Karin Slaughter, you touched on all the ugly prejudices and posed a view on a problem that's plaguing our police departments across our nation that been inherited by some, not all, through the years.
The moral of the story so eloquently stated by Maggie, "Don't be left behind". You'll understand that phrase towards the end of the story.
I'll be giving this a second listen.
I have many of these author's books, waited for this one, but couldn't even finish to the halfway mark. I'm extremely disappointed because I love Pendergast's character and all of his sidekicks. All of the character's in this book, we fans know so well, were demolished. When you have a good narrator, why change, especially in a series as good as this one!
I'm seething right now because I was so looking forward to more of Pendergast's adventures but my ears couldn't stand the grough sound of this his voice, and it was difficult to distinguish character's, Margo sounds not female at all.
I can't comment much on the story as it was difficult for me to follow due to the debauchery of the characters. I'm returning this book.
Perhaps this narrator is good in other stories, but I feel, not this one.
I don't know how much control Audible has on which narrator's authors choose, but I hope they have some because what makes a good series (besides the story) is a narrator who has established the character's personalities. A reader looks forward to that. That's what keeps us buying the series books. So rather than blame Audible, not knowing their participation in narrator's chosen, I'll just say, Lincoln and Child, what were you thinking?
Good story but not as captivating as some, but very different. Good enough for me to just have purchased the first book in the series, "In the Woods". I really got into the characters and felt like I was right there with them. I adored the narrator's accent and will be searching for more books where she is the reader. She could polish up on making the male voices more masculine but overall did a satisfying job.
I gave it four stars since the descriptive narrative had me thinking the story was going to have something to do with the dead girl's looking like the female detective and that issue kind of fades out as does the issue regarding a journal. Those two aspects in the story kind of lost me after thinking more could have done with them after the build up.
If your looking for a long book, with a very different type of story,and well developed characters, give this one a try. To me, it's definetly one you can listen to a second time. There are some books I listen to once, and decide they couldn't be a future re-read, but not this one.
This is the second of Goddard's books and I couldn't take out my ear buds. The mystery deepens as the story evolves and it never seems to end. Michael Kitchen's narration made the book even better.
I stumbled onto this book by reading reviews of others. I'm so glad I did give it a try. I couldn't put it down and then after finishing I purchased Goddard's "Painting the Darkness" which was just as great. The author keeps you guessing and in suspense. I'm searching now trying to choose another book by Robert Goddard.
What a story! So many psycho-sexual overtones. Freud would have loved it! Strong characters, good story. Poor kids. Poor adults. Very cleverly written. Glad I gave it a listen. It made me stop and think about how revenge can be so scornful and never lead to anything good.
I couldn't stop listening. The narration was excellent. The story heart wrenching. Even though it's painful to listen to what people who were victims of slavery went through in the USA, I think it's part of our American history that should never be forgotten. Especially during this last election where Afro Americans in particular, in some states, were given a hard time casting their vote, all should read/listen to this book to see just how cruel slavery was to our Black fellow Americans ancestors, and how tactics like making it hard to vote is truely racist, even though voting wasn't an issue in this book, just that current voting event pulls us back to the mindset of some in those days.It shows how slow some are to change for the better.This book points out both the good and bad people of that era in our nation's history. It provides a clear picture of to what extent people in bondage had to suffer and what hell they had to rise out of to be free Americans.
It was very balanced in portraying the types of people there were in those days, and truely how all men/women are equal. I will defintely be telling people about this book and listening to it again and again. The narrator should get 10 stars. All of my grandkids will be getting this book from me. They should make it a movie like they did "The Help".
People in mixed race relationships will definetly be able to identify with the main character and why she felt like she belonged, like she were family, which she truely was. Being able to indentify with that myself, all I can say is that in a lot of areas we still have a long way to go. Promoting reading/listening to this book is a way to enlighten those that are open to it and hopefully some who aren't yet. Buy this one with your next available credit, you won't be disappointed.
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